Friday, November 19, 2010

Inspiration Avenue Challenge: Incognito

It's Friday and my day to show my Inspiration Avenue Challenge. This week's challenge is Incognito, issued by Sharon at Plumrose Lane. I almost didn't play this week because I've been so busy, I didn't have time to visit everyone who joined the challenge last week, something I think is important to do if you are going to play. However, when Sharon offered this challenge, I knew exactly what to show, so I made time for this challenge, and decided I would free up some time to visit everyone who came incognito (or not).

When I saw the challenge, I immediately thought of the butterfly I found while picking some of these flowers earlier in the month. I didn't realize I had brought it in with the flowers, and thought it was alive. That's how closely it matched and blended in with the flowers. I was a bit shocked when I tried to shake it off outside so it could go free. It must have been tightly clutching the flower when it died, because that's how I found it. When I spread the wings, I noticed how closely it resembled the flower to which it was attached. And since the lovely butterfly was no longer living, I saw no harm in preserving it for posterity. So here it is incognito, hidden among, and encased with, the flowers.

As previously mentioned, this week's challenge was offered by Sharon, so it was a no-brainer to pick today's blog. I've been a fan of Sharon and her freebies for awhile now. I featured her October Breast Cancer Halloween button on my sidebar, which was the inspiration for my Pink IA entry on October 15. I also have her "Awards Free" blog button on my sidebar. You can have these freebies, too, because she is a generous person who offers buttons, banners, and tutorials to help you bloggers using Blogger.com have a better blogging experience. Sharon lives in Pennsylvania in the US, and is a graphic designer. So please visit Sharon at Plumrose Lane today and let her know how much you appreciate all the freebies, tips, and tutorials she offers on her lovely blog.

34 thoughtful remarks:

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

I LOVE this- I think it might be my favorite of all your work I've seen and I don't even usually like yellow! I didn't see the butterfly at first (which I'm sure was one of the points of this piece:)) and the way he blends with the petals of the flowers is pure magic. I also really like all the layers of tissue and the color choice you used. Beautiful!

see you there! said...

You captured one of Mother Nature's "incognitos" so beautifully. I like the way you gave the piece some texture.

Darla

Healing Woman said...

I love this piece Elizabeth. It look like you layed tissue paper over the flowers and butterfly and smooshed a glue mixture over. I use this technique too. Love it. Will you put this piece into one of your journals? It's great.

Judy Hartman said...

This is very beautiful, both the artwork and the story behind it.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Gorgeous!! I love it..beautiful art...i love the feeling to it all and the sensory experience of it..wonderfully creative!

Have a beautiful day!
Victoria~

La Dolce Vita said...

I really love your butterfly piece E, just wonderful and a great story to go along with it!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Elizabeth, love this piece, wonderful colour and including the butterfly ensures that though it may have lived briefly it will be long remembered :-)
Anne xx

~*~Patty S said...

what a sweet rescue and a precious way to honor that beautiful butterfly...when this photo appeared on my screen it made me gasp with delight...beautiful E!!!
Happy Friday!
oxo

B @ Sweet Limes said...

Took me a while before I even noticed the butterfly, it does match so closely doesn't it?! Before I saw it though I thought this looked like flowers drifting down a little creek or something soothing like that.

Marie Young (Young Creative) said...

This is so touching. To realize something so beautiful is dead is very sad, but to have such beauty in death is such a hopeful statement.

Donna: said...

I really had to look to find the butterfly... A wonderful place for him to spend the winter. :)

voodoo vixen said...

Elizabeth, this has to be my favourite piece of yours so far! It is beautiful, the colours, the textures and the subject... love it, love it, love it!!

EVA said...

This turned out beautifully! A great job of tackling "incognito"!

Carolyn A. Pappas said...

Beautiful flowers and butterfly. I love how the color matches. This reminded me of a painting I made a few years ago of a dead butterfly. It felt weird to me at the time, but I'm glad I did it.

Doone said...

it is beautiful, to me this image is just bottled sunshine.

Dx

Steph said...

Beautiful piece, E!!!I love this...happy weekend!

Julie said...

This is just beautiful!!

Terri Kahrs said...

This is a very special piece of art, Elizabeth. Stunning! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Terri xoxox

Carola Bartz said...

Very beautiful and special, Elizabeth. A real incognito. I love it!

WrightStuff said...

This is a gorgeous piece and extra special because you have immortalised that tiny, yet beautiful scrap of nature.

Bobbi Lewin said...

Love the texture!

Halle said...

Wow...I had to REALLY LOOK CLOSE to even see the butterfly. Awesome take on the challenge word.

How's the boy?

Cindy McMath said...

This is beautiful Elizabeth, and thanks for the story behind it.

I hope Bleubeard is feeling better too.

Cindy :)

Mar said...

you have a nice piece here elizabeth!
that this is a real butterfly is pretty cool too
and i am especially glad bluebeard is better!

Dianne said...

This is beautiful...

Tammy said...

I love this. It is so pretty and I love that the butterfly is incognito.

artangel said...

So pretty! I love that the butterfly isn't immediately apparent and you only notice him after a minute. Very clever!

Amanda said...

This is a wonderful piece for the theme this week. Amazing how nature has such beauty and works together incognito some times. Lovely.

Plumrose Lane said...

Wow Elizabeth, firstly ~ I'm so sorry I wasn't able to get over here sooner, this week has been crazy but still that's no excuse. Thank you SO much for your generous post, of including me ~ I'm touched beyond words♥

Your submission for this week is exquisite!! To have found that gentle soul clinging to nature's beauty and then create an absolutely gorgeous piece of art with it leaves me speechless.

If nothing else your submission deserves top of the list and I hope at least it brings some light to the treasured soul you are.
♥Sharon

gemma said...

This is fantastic! I love when art happens this way. Thank you for seeing and sharing this beauty with us.

dthaase said...

what a powerful piece of preservation - your post and the art is wonderful.

Msartist said...

This is so pretty! I love butterflies & flowers~
What treasures. ~Theresa

priti.lisa said...

You received a gift from God...prolly cuz she knew you would appreciate it, preserve it and share it...Beautiful, Elizabeth!
XoX

Now if only I can remember to click that darn follow button when I leave...I hate missing so much....

Yvonne said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Elizabeth!